About THE POOL

THE POOL is a seafood restaurant created by Major Food Group. It is an architectural treasure that will now present the treasures of the world's ocean to match. The greatest expressions of seafood prepared with an eye towards simplicity and a focus on fun. A celebratory experience for all of the senses that incorporates art, architecture, food, and drink. Seafood in all of it's forms raw, cooked, and whole.

99 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 6pm - 11pm

Cross Street:
between Lexington & Park Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 375-9003

Website:
http://thepoolnewyork.com/

Public Transit:
E, M to Lexington Ave
6 to 51st Street

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

THE POOL Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (19)
Special Occasion (16)
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Business Meals (14)
Good for a Date (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
People Watching (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Scenic View (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I was very impressed with The Pool! The service, the food, the ambiance was absolutely perfection! I enjoyed every single menu choice and I am definitely recommending this gem to friends and family. Come to this establishment to be treated like a King and Queen and eat like one.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent butexpensive

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Incredible ambiance, food, and service.
One of the most stunning restaurants I’ve been in before and some of the best sea food in NYC

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The Four Seasons was about the space, definitely not so much the food. Finally, the space gets cuisine to match the ambiance, which is one of NYC's most memorable locations. Extraordinary!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding all round. Incredible service, food and staff could not do enough.

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 (London)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fabulous dining experience. Iconic beautiful interior.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We didn't know what to expect at our first visit to the Four Seasons replacement. Music was a little strange but quieted down a bit as the tables filled up. Pool area is pretty without the former trees. Tables spaced out nicely. Easy to converse.

First class service, friendly and knowledgable about the menu and preparations.

Started with Tuna with eggplant (skin and smiled purée), grilled octopus (grilled to perfection) and Dungeness crab rice (killer dish, almost ordered it agin for dessert). Main course - shared a large branzino, filleted and grilled perfectly. Sides were terrific- potatoes in duck fat and sesame spinach. Finished with chocolate custard and late harvest tokaj. Sommelier was very helpful and well versed in the extensive wine list. Picked out a great (& reasonable) white Rhone (terrebrune bandol). She was a great asset.

Only hiccup- waiter disappeared after dessert and we had to ask for the check from his assistant/bus boy after waiting 20' for him to return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Something is off about this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful experience, from start to finish food was excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fabulous. I can’t find a single fault other than my empty wallet. They were great. I read all sorts of very picky reviews. Forget that. The Pool isn’t the Grill. They are really doing a great job. The knit pick about the interior design is a distraction from the fundamental well oiled shoppe being run here. And no it’s not the same as the old pool room. Try it you’ll like it.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Estuvo excelente todo! La comida, el servicio, etc.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Had a great experience with a few friends on Saturday night. Service was excellent, atmosphere perfect much quiter than the grill, food was very good. Just be ready for a big bill at the end of the night. But worth going to at least once... btw the cocktails are fantastic....

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I was very much looking forward to dining at the pool. When we arrived we were immediately shown to our table. Seating at many of the tables is side by side which is a bit interesting but gives a nice view of the Pool. The space is cavernous which makes it very hard to create the right ambiance. I ordered a bottle of wine and the wine service was first rate. List was very pricey and takes some time to find something reasonable. My guest and I ordered a starter and than we split the Branzino. Her Beet Salad was amazing. Warm Beets in an amazing glaze of spice and sweetness. I had the Gazpacho, nice but needed more soup/sauce for it to work. Fish was amazing along with the spinach side.

The Pool is trying to be a top end restaurant and I just think that they have a ways to go on the experience. While the waite staff was nice there was no excitement or anticipation for what was going to come next. At this level I expect a really cool/amazing experience and the Pool did not deliver.

BTW the Pool bar is super cool and I will definitely go back for a cocktail. Really creative drinks.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Impeccable service, a pure delight

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing meal!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Fantastic. If you have eaten there when it was the Four Seasons and enjoyed it, move that up a notch...awesome.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We eat out several nights a week and decided to try Pool for my wife’s birthday. Service does not match the decor or the $ 1100 check for 4. First myDover sole was served before other entrees allowing it to cool and dinner style check was delivered while we were eating our deserts diner style saying we can pay when we are ready. 1 of 3 deserts were good. Most of meal ok but not up to top nyc standards. My sole was soupy not firm and not same league as vaucluse for example. Best dish was the raviolis.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed my first visit - beautiful experience

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The room is the same as it was when it was The Four Seasons very pleasant. The crudo offerings are just okay. My Halibut entree was excellent.
The Pool and The Grill offer great atmosphere and it is a happening place

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The food was great, but we had to wait a very long time for our food. Service is very slow and waiter needs to take care of your table. Will not be coming back unless necessary.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I was looking forward to my visit to the Pool. I must admit I was mildly disappointed.
The staff was curt, on the verge of condescending. Food was at best, a B. Wine List was ridiculously over priced. The setting is still special, however, all things considered, I would spend the money at other tried and true favorites in this City.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Very cool vibe, felt like we were in a Tom Ford movie. Bread and salted salmon roe butter were amazing! Our drinks were beautiful and really delicious! (Raspberry cocktail and lemon drop martini). The appetizers were good (beet salad and octopus). Our main entrees were “good” not great (Dover sole and steak) the spinach with sesame seed and the purée sides were really good. I had a princess cake (to share) which was fabulous, felt like something that Marie Antionette would have at her table. We’ll definitely go back but will order different entrees, the rest we will repeat!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Service....made this experience. As a huge fan of Torrisi downtown....I have to say I found the food here a LITTLE disappointing? For example, don’t describe a tuna tartare on a menu without mentioning a raw egg yoke sauce? It made no sense flavor wise and I never would have ordered it. ....Don’t have a “salad” category when none of the choices have anything to do with it?

That said, the experience, thanks to the staff delivered. Beautiful room, great night.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

It's just opened recently. So I'll cut them a little slack. Our meal was mixed. The high points were high. The lows, very low. (Had to send back turbot for being criminally over cooked...which seems almost inconceivable for a restaurant based on serving fish). But the pastas were fantastic. Sublime, even. As were the cocktails, wine, and ambiance. Service was excellent as well. And the space, elegant and memorable as always.

I'll be back. But not for a while.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We had a wonderful meal and they retained the ambiance of this gem with a modern twist. Exceptional food and service. Jus a great dining experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Obviously this is a place you’re not going to eat every night so save it for something special. The food was wonderful and the service was flawless. I would definitely recommend it and look forward to going again.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The sauce overwhelms the salmon and the coconut sauce on the lobster is too strong and buried the taste of the lobster.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Our waiter Mathew and manager Cam were fantastic! The food was both delicious and exceptional. Definitely will come back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Amazing food and service!

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 (大阪)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great diner and very good service.
The sommelier was exceptional.
Hope to go back soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Excellent dinner with friends. The service was great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The atmosphere is snobbish, and staff is cold. The food was good, but not worth the price. We had a very wonderful server, Jamison, but the rest of the staff left much to be desired. The prior restaurant "The Four Seasons", was much classier and welcoming. What they have done to the pool is sad. The reeds almost hide the pool, and break up the open floor plan of this beautiful room. I called in advance as I was running late. Although grace period is 15 minutes, I thought I would be 5 minutes past that, and they told me that was fine but they needed the table back by a certain time. When on got there I was again told they needed the table back at a certain time, and were rude. It was not necessary to repeat this and not the way to win me over. I will not be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent cuisine but the portion size was a bit small for the price. 42 dollars for 1/2 of a very small lobster seemed a bit much. It was expertly prepared but I couldn’t stop thinking where was the rest of it?
Beautiful space, great waiter, attentive staff.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Pretty good food but service was awful. Our table was not ready for 40 minutes past our reservation time. The hostess directed us towards a side table by The Grill bar but no one greeted us with a menu for over 5 minutes. After we ordered our drinks, the two glasses of wine arrived quickly however the two cocktails did not come until our table was ready (approximately 30 minutes later). We were asked to close out the tab at the bar before we even had our cocktails. And then we were asked if we wanted our change, a polite way to ask if we were going to leave a tip for practically non existent service. Wouldn't it be better to offer to get change and allow the guest decide if they want to leave a tip? At no point did anyone ask to check our coats or offer to carry our drinks from the bar to our table so we were left to navigate a crowded bar with our jackets and full drinks. When we reached our table I noticed that the table next to us also had coats piled up on an empty chair. Our server was very friendly but it was clear that his knowledge of the menu was lacking. Which I can excuse considering the place is still fairly new and it takes time for the FOH staff to learn menus. It took quite some time for the somm to come over and check on the table to see if we wanted any wine. Then when he did come over it took him an awkwardly long time paging through the wine list to find a suitable bottle. Again this is something that I can kinda over look based on the fact that the restaurant is still fairly new and he is still learning the list.

Food was good. Everything was seasoned and cooked nicely. The choice to not list sides on the menu was odd. Also large format dishes meant to be shared really should come with a side. $250 for a cote with no sides is pretty steep. Throwing in some potatoes or vegetables is not going to hurt your food cost very much I promise.

Overall the experience was pretty poor and considering the price, $1200 for 4 people, I won't be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Fabulous evening from start to finish.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Wow! All the ambiance of the old four seasons updated with great service and a more modern dining experience. It was a truest fantastic dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

when my husband ordered fish they guided him towards the Branzino, which ended up being a $98 entrée for one person.
In addition they charge per person for water so you pay nine dollars plus tax plus tip per person at the table whether or not they drink bottled water.... It is not it's not a lot of money but it's very annoying!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Perhaps my review is unfair, but I expected a meal in a place like the Four Seasons. What my wife and I received was a meal where the food did not measure up to our expectations. Worse was the hushed dining atmosphere of the Four Seasons has been replaced with pounding-base music that is totally inappropriate for the space. We were disappointed in the food, atmosphere and the high cost of dining.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food at The Pool is delicious and thoughtfully, skillfully prepared. Every bite is perfect and sometimes surprising. Service is fantastic. Merely look around and someone comes to see what you need, that is, if they have not already anticipated your desire. Our "guide" through the menu and the night was just the right balance of friendly and professional. One sour note. In front of the iconic and beautiful rippling metal "shades" were hanging pots of what looked to be dead plants. I am sure it was intended as a seasonal artsy decoration, but they struck an unpleasant note for me and hid one of the most beautiful elements of the room. Also, our group missed the trees around the pool but we love the Calder mobile there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Fantastic!
Great food, drinks, ambiance, ...
Will definitely go back shortly

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